Update on Teaching and Learning Survey

Happy Agnes Scott College graduates


In this earlier post, I invited Traces readers to respond to a survey on teaching and learning.


I’ve had 62 responses as of this Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Here are just a few of the comments on the film clip from Stand and Deliver, about which (some of you may remember) I wrote in a post titled “Ganas,” now password-protected until I close the survey.


  • I thought the teacher’s roaming the aisles and getting in the face of the students was compelling. His teaching style seemed provocative but also somewhat patronizing.
  • I liked that he challenged his students, although I doubt I have the guts to do so so aggressively.
  • I was a little dubious about his approach; it wouldn’t have surprised me to see more of a challenge to his authority from some of the students.

And here’s still more:


  • I remember that when I saw this film the first time (before I had ever been a teacher) I thought it was inspiring. Now, after 12 years as a teacher, it looks more like another Hollywood fantasy. A teacher might very well teach in this way but I’ve never seen students so well-behaved.
  • Tough love.
  • The teacher strongly asserts himself to let all of the students know that he is in control. He shows no fear. He “reads” the students well, knows his audience, and knows how to get their attention. He is passionate about the subject he is teaching. He also quickly simplifies a subject that is very difficult for many to learn. You could argue that he talks down to the students who arrived late, but by the end of the scene, every student is engaged and is repeating the mantra.
  • teacher comes across as charismatic, brilliant, brave, caring. scene is beautiful romanticized version of teaching high risk kids. makes me feel a bit sad for other “normal” … kids in the rooms since their educational experience will be less if the teacher focuses all his energy on the few gang-affiliated young men
  • Abrupt. Hard, A jackass.
  • Dated and unrealistic for today’s inner city schools unfortunately.
  • Funny, brave, gutsy, caring
  • Unrealistic affinity, oversimplification of entrenched barriers, compelling characterization
  • He’s awesome and by connecting with students using the same “lingo” he is able to connect with them and build trust.
  • Confident, not easily thrown off his game. Understands how to talk to his audience
  • I was expecting more of a “Hollywood” teaching approach (the teacher and gang member stand-down), but by the middle, with the demonstration of positive and negative, and then with the repetition of the phrase at the end, the scene felt more like something I would do in my own language classroom.
  • Positive. He is able to engage these kids “where they are.” He is never condescending and he knows their world and can use examples they can relate to. Also,I believe he communicates his genuine love for his subject and his students at all times.
  • He definitely seems to have faith in even the students who are least willing to participate.
  • The teacher is trying to both inspire his students to learn math and to gain control of his classroom. But he insults students (e.g. calling one of them “nethead”) and threatens them with violence (even though he whispers it).
  • Teach ….By any means necessary!
  • tough class, only talked to the men. I don’t know what I would do, but he certainly went after the most un-engaged students (although they all seemed unengaged).


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